Every year, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars program welcomes new undergraduates and graduates from sub-Saharan Africa to Michigan State University's campus. These Scholars have demonstrated academic talent and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries.
Biography: Jacqline Njeri is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Before she came to MSU, Jacqline Interned at Equity Bank, one of the leading Banks in Kenya. Through the bank's mentoring program, she was able to mentor young high school students especially girls who are from financially disadvantaged families. Jacqline volunteered as a chaperone during the annual Wings to Fly Education and Leadership congress and also volunteered as a mentor during the Equity Leadership Program Induction. Through these and many other programs, Jacqline has been able to inspire young girls to take up leadership positions and has helped them develop and sharpen their leadership skills. Accessibility and affordability of quality health care services to the people in the rural communities is what Jacqline strives for. By forging partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies and distributing agencies, the people in the most interior parts of Kenya and eventually in Africa will be able to access medication and even medical consultancy at very affordable rates. She also hopes to reduce the high mortality rate through formulation of more effective drugs and vaccines as a Biochemist. As she strives to work hard towards her goals she continues to mentor young students in leadership and academia.
Biography: Expery Omollo is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular biology/biotechnology. Before he came to MSU, Expery was a committed volunteer mentor of the wings to fly scholars and the current high school students his country Kenya. He founded the "uprising initiative" in his area which focuses on the cleanliness of the area to prevent common epidemics like cholera, malaria which are prevalent in where he grew up. Expery believes that by completing his studies here at MSU will enable him to solve these epidemics first hand from the laboratory. His plans is to create awareness to his countrymen and the whole of Africa to be aware of the epidemics that slowly kills the continent and try to prevent these contagious diseases from killing any more people. Expery continues to coordinate cleaning of his areas through the social media and is prepared to go back and continue with his quest in Kenya and Africa at large after completion of his studies.
Biography: Ewurama Owusu-Hammond is an undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to MSU,Ewurama participated in community service projects, tutored kids who had difficulty in science related subjects and also volunteered at a local orphanage during the Christmas holidays.Ewurama aims to be the beacon of light for Africa by developing new ways to make electricity accessible and affordable for all. She is also passionate about entrepreneurship and hopes to create businesses for people in Ghana and Africa.
Biography: Before coming to Michigan State University, Deiv (as he prefers to be called) initiated several youth-centered programs, partnering with Peace Corps Lesotho and Anti-Drug Abuse Association Lesotho. He also worked as a volunteer Maths and Accounting teacher in one of the high schools in Mafeteng, Lesotho, and tutored for several students from home. Deiv's two growing foundations- Dress The Orphans Foundation and Lesotho Abroad Education Network- are centered around young Basotho, with the former focusing on soliciting clothes to redistribute to the extremely needy orphans and children, and the latter focusing on helping Basotho learn about "hidden" scholarship opportunities. The motivation behind the start-up of these foundations has been nothing short of determination instilled in him by struggles he faced growing up in the rural village of Matelile, Ha-Seeiso, and the financial assistance he got from a Peace Corp volunteer when he could not have gotten high school education had she not come to his rescue.
Biography: Astley is an undergraduate student majoring in Economics. Prior to Michigan State he was involved in a vast array of community engagement activities which included feeding homeless children in his home town of Bulawayo. He also co-founded a social enterprise aimed at educating children born to young teenage parents in the township who exercised poor birth control and could not afford to send their children to school. Astley hopes to spur the economic and political transcendence of Africa through activism and to promote entrepreneurship through creating Africa's own Silicon Valley. He intends to continue serving his community and improve the lives of his fellow countrymen in Zimbabwe through volunteerism.
Biography: Phoebe is an undergraduate studying nursing.
Biography: Irene Yayishimiye is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Engineering. She graduated her high school from Lycée de Kigali, where she focused on Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. She worked with several groups and clubs during her high school years, including Red Cross where she was Club Leader. Outside of school, she is focusing on activities that will prepare her for a career in Information Communication Technologies. She also leads the Mozilla Rwanda Community translation team, where she works as a mobilizer and translator. Last year, she worked with a local health care center to help new mothers understand nutrition planning. She also worked with HVP GATAGARA, a school helping children with visual impairments to sensitize girls and teach physically handicapped children how to overcome physical limitations through playing sports.
Biography: Leonard Mukosi is a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Law degree. He graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa with Bachelor of Social Sciences (2013) and Bachelor of Laws /LLB (2015) degree. Studying law at different foreign institutions country has broadened his outlook on life and has given him an extended appreciation of different legal systems. Looking at legal problems globally from a comparative perspective, Leonard came to the realization that the struggle for Human rights is still very critical especially in Africa. This has ultimately shaped his passion for International Human Rights Law which is currently his main area of interest. Human rights have grown to become a life passion for him such that by the time he completed undergraduate studies, Leonard had already began the preliminaries into launching a career that he believes will place him very much in the driving seat of rethinking and redefining human rights especially in an African context where the problem of gross human rights violations is yet to be tackled. This involved writing papers uncovering the magnitude of Human right violations like Xenophobia in South Africa as well as giving free legal advice to people with human right cases. His contribution and influence in the Human Rights field will not be limited within the confines of his own country but shall extend beyond the African continent to benefit all humanity through catapulting an awareness of the need for an effective observance of Human Rights across the whole world.
Biography: Hazel Moyo is a graduate student majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Before she came to MSU, Hazel was involved in relief teaching in the remote parts of her country, partook in health expos to raise awareness of healthy living,and was engaged in several benevolent altruistic activities, to increase the wellbeing of the people around her. Hazel hopes to bring positive change in all the facets of society, by helping people expand their capabilities and enlarge their choices, so that they can lead long healthy lives. In addition to her passion for positive development Hazel hopes to help eradicate social inequalities so that every person the world over may lead a decent life.
Biography: Robert Tuke is a graduate student majoring in MS Epidemiology at Michigan State University. Before MSU, Robert graduated from Makerere University College of Health Sciences(MakHCS) with a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery. Served as President of MakHCS Surgery club and Secretary of Health in Nkrumah student hall while at Makerere university. Later, he worked at Global Health Uganda and Kampala Hospital as a medical officer. At Global health Uganda, he was a research assistant in a number of pediatric researches/clinical trials and in addition, he attended to very ill children at both the Mulago National Referral Hospital Pediatric ICU and emergency room. He also served at the Uganda Cancer Institute briefly. Robert has strong interests in the area of preventive medicine.